Monday, February 21, 2011

Wisconsin's Got Talent

You might be surprised to learn that Wisconsin has talent; some very talented people have come from Wisconsin. People like: Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazard; Gene Wilder, who worked alongside of Richard Pryor in films like See No Evil, Hear No Evil; and my favorite, Stir Crazy. Wilder is best known for playing Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factry. Another very influential person to come from the good old Cheese-land is Oprah, although she wasn’t born in Wisconsin she was raised here. That’s just to name a few!

There have been plenty of other great people to grace these parts, and some still making their presence felt. One of those hidden talents is, Unity…The Band, an original roots rock reggae band. The band played at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Wednesday and blew the roof completely off! Unity really rocked it playing songs like: No Woman No Cry and Let It Be; now I’ve seen many live bands before, but none like this. Every song was performed to perfection! Unity…The Band is a local group from Appleton, WI and if you missed them at MPTC you can always check them out at MPTC’s West Bend campus this Wednesday or at Summerfest! Or look up Unity...The Band on Facebook @

As a celebration for Black History Month, Moraine Park provided another wonderful afternoon of entertainment and fun trivia. Thanks MPTC! I hope everyone took a chance at playing the trivia; they were giving out great prizes and I, for one, even won a MPTC coffee mug! As Martin Luther King Jr. said, The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” In one of my classes, the instructor even allowed us to teach on the last day, something of our own choosing. One of the students brought in his guitar and sang an original song and quite honestly it was good. Which leads me to wonder, out of all the students that go to MPTC, who has musical talent or magic or any talent that they might be willing to share? Maybe Moraine Park can have an open mic contest at the end of the year to showcase student’s talents, hmm…

Tip: Don’t be afraid to share your talents, whatever they may be. Keeping your talents or skills to yourself, only deprives the world and people of something special and unique only found within you. Sharing is caring and that’s the scoop.

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